Organize + Energize: 6 Reasons You Need to Declutter
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Here are 6 reasons you need to declutter:
Decision making gets easier. How long does it take you to decide what to wear in the morning? The more you have, the more decisions you have to make. Life doesn’t have to be that complicated. The simpler you live, the easier life gets.
You’ll have more free time. How much time have you wasted searching for things in your home? You probably waste precious hours in the course of a week. When there is clutter in the way, things get misplaced and you’ll waste time and energy searching for them.
You’ll be more focused. Having clutter anywhere in the home is a distraction and it adds to the mental clutter you are carrying around. Once you declutter and streamline systems in your home, you’ll have a new, energized, focused outlook in your home.
Cut down on cleaning time. Does anybody really like to clean? If you live with clutter and chatzkies scattered throughout your home, you probably miss some spots. I’m sure you aren’t moving everything out of the way to vacuum or dust. When you are organized and streamlined, your countertops and floors are clear and cleaning is a breeze. Less time cleaning means more time spent on the things you enjoy doing, especially on the weekend.
You’ll find money. Not only will you save money by having less, but during the process of decluttering you’re going to find money. Trust me on this. Every home and office I organize, I find money and valuables that clients had been missing. So what are you waiting for? Start searching for your hidden money in the form of cash, checks, gift cards and valuables!
You’ll save money. Look at all of the clutter in your home. How much money do you think you’ve wasted on all of that stuff? Half of it you don’t even use and half of it you can’t even find to use it! Take a look around and think of all of the money you’ve spent. Once you declutter and have a fresh start, you can re-evaluate how you are spending money.
I’m going to leave you with something to think about. Next time you are shopping online or in a store. Ask yourself: Do I really need this? A majority of the time, the answer will be no.
Related Slideshow: Organizing Products For Your Closet
Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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